The 32nd tournament has coincided with Darjeeling Cricket Clubs 50th anniversary so expectations are running high, especially after last years progression through to the semi-finals.
Game 1: DCC v NCL Dynamites
The ever present Darjeeling opened their thirty second campaign for the Holy Grail of the Chiangmai Sixes title. Captain Umer Saleem had put the squad through a net on the previous day and had the team assembled at the crack of dawn to take up the challenge of playing 2018 Cup winners, NCL dynamites.
Affable Appleton had prepared an idyllic setting. Indeed Darjeeling stalwarts, Badger and Chris Dommett represented the Lord Taverners in the tournament opener. The flight, guile and bulk of the Tour Manager will be sorely missed this week. Our glorious leader disintegrated into a frenzy of activity but won the toss and chose to bat.
The reassuringly mountainous presence of Blikkies opened with Graeme “worth my weight in gold” In testing conditions on a new lump of plastic, the start was cautious. WMWIG monopolized the strike stroking a brace of fours through the unguarded covers. The erstwhile Beijing Duck was removed for 17 in the third over. The former Armadillo was reprieved on 5 before launching consecutive sixes. On the final ball of the penultimate over, Blikkies holed out while PSG and Racchitt negotiated the final over setting a total of 48.
The Dubai outfit had the perfect start as the welcomed return of the legend that is Rudi removed the opener with his first ball of an economical over that yielded a mere seven runs. The Bangladeshis stabilized their innings before a final brutal assault. Racchit’s last ball was despatched for 6 having conceded only two runs from his previous deliveries. With brutal efficiency the remaining runs were garnered off the suffering skipper. The holders had won their first game with 7 balls to spare and earned a bonus point but the Darjeeling team had not disgraced themselves.
Game 2: DCC v Divine Felons
Game 3: DCC v Lanna